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Featured battle : Roncesvalles

Part of Charlemagne's Wars

Date : 15 August 0778

Almost an 'amusing aside' to Charlemagne's wars happened while his army was returning from a very successful raid into Muslim Spain. The baggage containing the considerable loot was at the rear of the army under a strong escort commanded by experienced senior officers. In the pass of Roncesvalles they were attacked by a strong force of Basques who made off with most of the loot before support from the main body of troops arrived to help.

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British MOBAT Anti-tank weapon in action

British MOBAT Anti-tank weapon in action

A re-creation of a crew of British Army personnel working a Mobat recoilless anti-tank weapon of the 1970's. Crew'ed by members of the 20th Century Revisited group.

Gallery updated : 2019-01-06 16:35:56

Featured review :

Battle on the Seven Seas

Gary Staff
Here we have a good read, a narrative of the German cruiser battles 1914-1918, with lots of quotes from the people who were there. Battle locations are world wide from the Pacific to the Black Sea with both global strategy and engagement tactics described. The account of the battle of Jutland, Skagerrak to the Germans, with its focus on the cruisers, is refreshingly different to the usual version of events. Also there are some excellent photographs of the warships including some uncommon ones showing battle damage.
Three things stop this book from being excellent. The first is my very regular complaint about maps. There is an absence of scales on most of the many maps [28 maps only 2 with scales], and a few with too much information which is confusing. However, the six maps which cover the phases of the battle of Jutland are most helpful.
The second is an absence of any detailed description of the ships involved, and I had to turn to my Jane’s Fighting ships of WW1 to get a real understanding of the comparative worth of opposing vessels. A drawing and a specification of each class of cruiser would have been of great help to the general reader. And lastly a glossary of technical terms and abbreviations used, including translations of the many German terms, would have been more than helpful. The addition of these things to the 232 pages would not have made the book unmanageable.
In spite of those criticisms I still think this is a book well worth reading by anyone with an interest in World War One at sea.

Pen & Sword MARITIME, 2018

Reviewed : 2018-10-02 08:58:17